BCCT plans for the future
The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand is zealous in
its position as one of the more active networking associations on the
Eastern Seaboard, and has its own local committee to ensure that there are
enough events to keep the members ‘coming back for more’.
R) Paul Dobbs, Graham Macdonald and Peter Malhotra discuss upcoming
networking events and charity fundraisers.
R) David Lowder, Head of St. Andrews International School, P.R. Dhamodharan,
MD TRW Steering and Suspension Co. Ltd, Andrew J. Wood, GM of the Royal
Cliff Beach Resort and Suwanna Viroonchan, MD of The Travel Clinic, all
actively involved in the BCCT, plan out the near future of the BCCT Eastern
Chairman of the local group, Graham Macdonald, recently
held a brainstorming night for the committee at the Maharani Restaurant at
the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. Having the GM of the resort, Andrew Wood as
one of the members obviously helped influencing the venue decision! The
Royal Cliff wine selection also was a factor, even though BCCT committee
stalwart Jimmy Howard was seen drinking Miss Terry’s favourite amber,
Monthly networking evenings were discussed, with the next
one being at Shenanigans, and sponsored by Manpower. The Head of St. Andrews
International School, David Lowder indicated his institution would sponsor
September’s evening, the venue to be announced. For a special December
event, there will be a cocktail cruise aboard the Royal Cliff Beach Resort’s
Island Dream catamaran. Not to be missed.
The BCCT is also an active group regarding local
charities, and its members have indicated they would like to see further
involvement in this area. Suitable recipients of charities were discussed
and the Eastern Seaboard Committee will be looking into appropriate ways to
The BCCT has its own website which can be accessed on www.bccthai.com
Emirates Airlines celebrates record year at road show in Pattaya
Emirates Airlines in Thailand held their annual road show
in Pattaya last weekend, inviting over 200 travel agents and tour operators
to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort for an evening of food, fun, games and
agents, the media and government officials ( picture 1 and 3) attended the
ever popular Emirates roadshow. Sunthorn Suree, (picture 2) Emirates
manager for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, announced the airline
recorded a whopping 74 percent increase in profits, equating to well over 12
billion baht - its best year to date.
Sunthorn Suree, Emirates manager for Thailand, Cambodia,
Laos and Myanmar, joined by his sales team at the party, announced the
airline’s best year to date. The Dubai based airline recorded a whopping
74 percent increase in profits, equating to well over 12 billion baht.
During the business part of the evening, Emirates
announced their new ‘Companion Fair’ packages, enabling business and
first class flyers that purchase tickets until October 31 this year, the
chance to receive an additional seat free of charge for a companion on the
Sunthorn said, "Despite the many difficulties the
airline industry has faced over the last year, we at Emirates have been able
to change the goal posts and keep up with the changing travel climate.
"Bangkok is a major travel hub for airlines and we
have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure passenger safety and we
still have regular flights to Africa and Europe as well as the Middle East.
"Our passengers have confidence in us and this has
enabled Emirates to grow through these tough times," concluded Sunthorn.
Emirates Airlines is considered one of the top 5 profitable airlines in
the world and has experienced an increase of more than 8.5 million
passengers over last year. Currently, Emirates’ 46-aircraft fleet provides
over 140 flights per day around the globe. Emirates aims to increase its
fleet size to 100 by the year 2011.
Music in the Park
BCCT brings some culture to the Eastern Seaboard
The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand held their
latest monthly networking evening at the Bang Saray Club. The members and
guests were entertained by a classical musical trio from Bangkok who played
renditions from the classics, including Beethoven and Mozart, who no doubt
would have loved to have been present to enjoy the Bang Saray Club finger
food and fine sea breezes.
sponsors of the evening Suchai Chirayunon, exec. asst. manager of Cholchan
Pattaya Resort and Rotjanakorn Klawkasetkorn, sales supervisor, Lauda Air
present a door prize to Prabeer Mukherjee, VP, Indo Poly (Thailand) Ltd.
members and guests were entertained by a classical musical trio from
Bangkok, who played renditions from the classics, including Beethoven and
Mick Barker brought back memories of the music greats.
The co-sponsors for the evening included the Austrian
Airlines Group (Lauda Air), whose sales supervisor, the lovely Rotjanakorn
Klawkasetkorn, charmed everyone, while giving the details of their special
packages to boost flight numbers during June.
Assisting the BCCT as another sponsor was the Cholchan
Pattaya Resort, a group who has stepped up their marketing to make
themselves a much better known entity in the hospitality business in
Pattaya. Suchai Chirayunon, the executive assistant manager of sales and
marketing, donated complimentary accommodation packages for lucky BCCT
members during the evening.
Newer arrivals to the region, such as David Lowder from
St. Andrews International School, were seen making contact with longer stay
people like Rod Cummins, the corporate account manager for JVK International
Movers, while the BCCT top brass of Greg Watkins and Graham Macdonald, aided
by Suwanna and David Goulden of the Bag Saray Club, ensured the evening went
For further information about the BCCT, contact the
executive director, Greg Watkins, via email [email protected] bccthai.com
The next networking evening will be at Shenanigans on June 20 and
sponsored by Manpower.
Siwapol Tanti-anandkul gulps down 9 1/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes to earn trip to New York
Still has a long way to go to catch the 50 hot dogs of current champion
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Dairy Queen, and Shark Cool
Bite co-organized the Thailand Hog Dog Eating Competition at Royal Garden
Plaza, Pattaya to find our champion to compete in New York in July.
Tanti-anandkul (left) chowed down 9 and a quarter hot dogs to win the final
round, earning the 10,000 baht first prize, presented here by Paul Kenny of
Minor Food Group Company Limited, and a trip to New York to compete in the
World Hog Dog Eating Competition on July 4.
diggedy dawg - the game is on!
Twenty-two from 82 hot dog eating contestants had already
passed the first round, each eating 4 hot dogs within one minute.
Then the final round began. Alcazar Cabaret Show Pattaya,
and Five Elephant Queens put on a great show before Paul Kenny of Minor Food
Group Company Limited declared the opening of the final round of the contest
that put the first batch of 11 contestants on their mark to gobble down as
many hot dogs as they could within 12 minutes to win the cash price of
Thanatip Chaiseth swallowed altogether 9 hot dogs and was
the leader of the first batch, but was defeated by Siwapol Tanti-anandkul of
the second batch who wolfed down 9 and a quarter dogs and won the final
Thanatip Chaiseth and Somporn Prayong were the second and
third runners-up respectively.
Siwapol will be taking part in the World Hog Dog Eating
Competition in the U.S. on July the 4th. The present world champion is a
Japanese hot dog eater with the extraordinary record of finishing 50 hot
dogs within 12 minutes.
English language lessons begin for court personnel
Court officers of Justice Region 2 and Pattaya City court
have set up a training program to teach the English language to court
Presided over by Ekachai Liampaisal, chief judge of
Region 2, the English training program will run from May 26 through July 9
and will be taught by Mr. Roger Denny.
Judge Ekachai stated that since Pattaya City is a popular
tourist destination for foreign visitors, tourists who come here expect
service providers to be able to communicate with them in the internationally
accepted English language.
Government offices are often called on to serve tourists
and this includes legal offices and courts.
The English program was initiated with an aim to train
the personnel working for the court systems for better English language
skills to accommodate the tourists and expatriates in this tourist city.
It is believed that such training will benefit both the
service provider and the receiver with more efficient communication.